Research Vision & Mission


The Team

The EDEFI research team is led by Dr. Ebony Omotola McGee and Dr. Willliam H. Robinson, assisted in their research by social science post-doctoral scholars and graduate students. (Team biographies below.)

Our Mission...

is the investigation of the institutional, technical, social, and cultural factors that impact the decision-making and career choices of Black engineering doctoral students and the ways in which those factors are contributing to the current underrepresentation of Blacks in engineering faculty positions.

Our Goal...

is to improve the interest and opportunities of Black PhD engineering students going into faculty positions and winning tenure.

Current Projects

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Diversity Stalled: Explorations into the Stagnant Numbers of African American Engineering Faculty (Grant No. EEC-1361025), Beyond the Basics: Race and Gender Conscious Mentoring for Black Faculty Candidates in Engineering (Grant No. EEC-1444908), and Coaching toward the Professoriate: Race and Gender Conscious Mentoring for Black Doctoral Students in Engineering and Computing (Grant No. EEC-1642895). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Team Bios

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Dr. Ebony Omotola McGee

Dr. William H. Robinson

Ms. Lydia C. Bentley

Mr. Stacey L. Houston II

Ms. Portia K. Botchway

Mr. Devin White